I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
One of the most timeless stories ever written, performed with finesse by a truly great narrator. It's been the better part of 3 decades since I last read this. It was a true joy to revisit it after so many movie versions. Tim Curry's personal style lends so much power and character to this great work that, at least for me, it was as new as it was familiar. It's easy to see why this performance kicked off Audible's Signature Performance line.
I HATE the classics, really not a big fan. I find the writing and language difficult to follow and usually end up giving up not finishing them if I even try them at all (which is more likely the case). We all know this story though (and love it) and I thought I would give this a try as it is the season, though I was nervous as I know my history with them. Tim Curry's performance makes this one enjoyable which is a great complement coming from me. I still had a hard following some of the language at times but am really glad I did this. I actually finished it! Happy Christmas and highly recommended!
I absolutely would and will. I have always been a fan of "A Christmas Carol". One of my favorite passtime of mine during the Holidays is to read it etc. In fact for many years (sadly it has ended) KTAR-a radio station in my state- would put on a live radio broadcast of it and many local celebrities and news anchors would perform the roles and I was lucky enough to be apart of it thanks to our dear family friend. Such a fun tradition. Anyway, yes I would and will listen to it again. It is a timeless classic that never gets old and is one of the best Christmas traditions!
My absolute favorite thing about "A Christmas Carol" is Charles Dickens' way with the English language. His use of language and descriptive words as a means to tell a tale and set a scene are, dare I say, better than or at least comparable to William Shakespeare. With "A Christmas Carol", you cannot help but get lost in the story. It immerses you and you feel the cold, see the fog of London, you can taste the meals practically. Some of the most brilliant literature around!
I have been a fan of Tim Curry for YEARS now. He is as brilliant as ever narrating this and I cannot believe he doesn't have more awards and accolades-particularly where his brilliant voice-over work is concerned. He brings such charm, drama, and a sparkling brilliance to this narration. Let's start with the way he so effortlessly will be narrating, than slip into a character voice for a line/scene/dialogue and back to his narrating voice again. He just makes everything he does so effortless. That is one thing you would not get just reading it by itself is characterization and voicing. The way he makes macabre words sound macabre, the way he describes what the characters are seeing and feeling, he makes you feel like you were there and has an amazing way of bringing new life to this classic. The way he voices each spirit sends shivers up my spine, it's so breathtaking. His voice is so perfect, clear, crisp, articulate, deep, smooth. Just absolute velvet! I really just cannot imagine anyone else narrating this story!
As corny as it sounds I really just cannot think of a better way to some up the story or what the feeling of Christmas means. For me the tag line would be: "Keep Christmas in your heart". Short and sweet.
I just highly recommend this audiobook! You will not regret it and it is something you and your family can snuggle up and enjoy listening to all the rest of the Holiday season and many Holidays to come. A timeless treat given even more brilliance as narrated by a timeless legend. What could be better? Merry Christmas!
Yes, because Curry's narration gives a nice chill to the words that you may not get in the print version.
Yes, I've listened to some of the Series of Unfortunate Events. Curry performs admirably as always, although this material allows him to really use his voice talents to their best.
I always cry about Tiny Tim, and Curry's narration just made him more piteous.
I've listened to Tim Curry read A Christmas Carol at least 5 times now, and not just at Christmas. It's a great story to hear over and over.
I will listen to this every Christmas from now on! It is a wonderful performance that pulls together the dozen or so movie versions I have seen over the years. And it's a great accompaniment for travel to Christmas parties and family gatherings!
Tim Curry does a wonderful job breathing life into and giving unique voice to each and every character in the story but, of course, Scrooge is the star!
This is truly a performance rather than a straight narration. His presentation really brings the book to life.
Yes. It has the classic characters of Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. It is a must read for anyone that likes literature.
I loved the Victorian atmosphere throughout the entire story. The ending is wonderful and can have lasting meaning for everyone.
No but I have seen him on TV and in films. He is a marvelous actor. He brings all the characters to life.
Don't be a hum bug, this book has been made into a film many, many times. My favorite version is the musical Scrooge with Albert Finney.
I have listened to it twice and will listen to it again this Christmas. It is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by all.
Yes, I would say that I do. He is a remarkable storyteller and did the story justice.
I particularly enjoyed his Ebenezer Scrooge. It was quite good.
Tim Curry's amazing voice work is what made this book such an incredible read. It was almost as if I were sitting in the same room with him, listening to him bring the characters to life.
Although I have seen various movies of this classic Christmas tale, I'd never actually read it before and thought that I should. It was an excellent story. There are moments when I found myself pulling for Scrooge as he realizes the errors of a life barely lived. I'll definitely read this again next year!
What can you say about A Christmas Carol that hasn't already been said. However, Tim Curry brings new life to it with his unique talent. This holiday classic is not to be missed!
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
I love this story, and Tim Curry does a top knotch job in bringing it to life. Its a story about one man and his journey into the unknown which wakes him up to what life is really about.